Iconic Brisbane indie-rock trio, Screamfeeder, are set to release Pop Guilt — their seventh studio album and first since 2003's Take You Apart — on April 21st. The latest track lifted from the LP is "Half Lies", an instant guitar-pop classic that's partnered with a unique home-video-style clip, exclusively premiering via Rolling Stone Australia.
Reignited by the positive response at shows off the back of 2015's extensive back-catalogue reissue campaign, the band returned to the studio that same year, writing and recording the bulk of the new album in a series of hometown sessions. The collaborative approach of Screamfeeder's songwriting core, Tim Steward and Kellie Lloyd, remained unwavered by years separated, with the pair commenting that the process was "like we'd never stopped" and that they found themselves quickly "falling into familiar patterns of melody and structure again."
Much like lead Pop Guilt tracks — "Alone In The Crowd" and "All Over It Again" —"Half Lies" takes a nostalgic tone; far more on the lamenting end of that spectrum than a recapture of youthful hopefulness. Similarly, the accompanying clip — created by Steward — collects a series of short scenes of the everyday, layering opaque, fading memories of mundanity from what appears to be a homecoming tour — including postcard-like shots of dilapidated houses and discarded shoes — under scribbled diary-entry lyrics and studio scenes of the band themselves.
Surrounding the April 21st release of Pop Guilt, the band will play a series of shows, supporting Spiderbait at Sydney and Brisbane dates in March, ahead of their own headline dates from late-April.
Screamfeeder Pop Guilt Tour
Friday, April 28th: Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday, April 29th: Frankie's Pizza, Sydney
Sunday, April 30th: The Zoo, Brisbane
Friday, May 19th: Badlands, Perth
Saturday, May 20th: Exeter Hotel, Adelaide